Human Geography – Ann Linsley

H-E-B Excellence In Education finalist Ann Linsley in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (Photo by Darren Abate for H-E-B)

Ann Linsley is a native of Houston, Texas and has taught at her alma mater, Bellaire High School in the Houston Independent School District for the past 34 years.  She teaches IB/AP (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement ) Geography and IB Environmental Science.  Ann earned a Master of Science in GeoScience from Texas A&M University in 2006.  She also holds a Curriculum and GT and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, from the University of Houston. Ann is a teacher consultant for the College Board, National Geographic Society, and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education.  She is the recipient of different national and state awards, teacher of the year recognition and honored with the opportunity to participate in national programs to extend her field work experiences sponsored by NOAA, NSF, NCGE, NGS.  Ann has worked with the College Board Geography program since its inception in 1998 as a reader, writer, consultant and summer institute trainer.  Ann was a PolarTrec teacher to McMurdo Station, Antarctica participating in a human impact study of the region with a team from Texas A&M, dept. of Geography and sponsored by ARCUS/PolarTrec and the National Science Foundation.  She is also a National Geographic Fellow and a participant in the NGS Arctic-Svalbard program. Ann’s focus for her students is to develop a better understanding of the interdependent nature of our actions between man and the environment in an attempt to foster a sustainable world.  She believes that students better apply their knowledge when they can be in the field.  Fieldwork is a necessity for her courses and encourages her students to follow in the words of Rachel Carson, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”